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Spreading outdoor education throughout the Four Corners

As we zoom into February, San Juan Mountains Association’s education team has donned winter gear and snowshoes to continue our programs among the snowy landscape. Some highlights for our edu...

Stewardship doesn’t sleep

Although it has been a late start to winter, snowflakes have finally started flying across the San Juan Mountains, and San Juan Mountains Association’s winter stewardship and education progr...

Being well-prepared is integral to SJMA’s success

During a week in late July, it dawned on me that even if I could carve out a full week to venture away from my desk to see the SJMA staff in action, I could not actually get to all of them, ...

We’re stronger together – it’s not just a cliché

It’s that time of year when, like many of you, I find myself reflecting on the year. It’s been an incredible year at San Juan Mountains Association – not only for accomplishments but also tr...

Caring for the Land: A Reciprocal Relationship

This morning, work begins where I made camp. I arrived after dark last night and didn’t notice the trash strewn about the campsite. I remove all litter from the area and burn trash from the ...

Colorado’s beauty is for everyone to enjoy: A trip on the trail

On the heels of a thoroughly ground-soaking rain at the Nature Center last week, a group of energetic boys from Ignacio and I slipped and slid down the Rattlesnake Ramble trail. Comments lik...

A sawyer’s perspective: I see more tree than faces

Dawn breaks. Squinting and rolling awake, I rise quickly. A coyote yowls, calling out to its pack, sounding like a rooster to my ears. The backcountry morning bites at me as I crawl out of m...

Collaborations, initiatives working for health of public lands

Nearly three years ago, in October 2020, Gov. Jared Polis signed executive Order B 2020-008 creating the Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships Initiative. The goals of the RPI are pretty s...

Stewardship programs throughout the San Juans

As the rivers continue to carry our snowmelt downstream, and the high country begins to open up, I’m finally getting a second to reflect on a busy couple of months hiring, training and prepa...

Which volunteer opportunity is right for you?

The first time I worked with conservation volunteers, I led a group of high school students on a long-term volunteer trail project. As my students learned to use tools, cut tread and spend a...

Looking forward to summer: Interpretive events

There is no shortage of splendor in the grandiose peaks, sprawling meadows and diverse forests of Southwest Colorado. Whether you’re a mountain biker seeking the most epic of single tracks, ...

Snow fatigue is reminder of mountain’s benefits

I stand on the edge of the wilderness as the late afternoon glow hits the peaks. Clouds hug the tops of the mountains, signaling the incoming storm. The wind is cold, and the snow blows acro...